NYC prepared to fight a measles outbreak

The outbreak tied to Disneyland is responsible for approximately 85% of the cases to date. Photo from the CDC.

The outbreak tied to Disneyland is responsible for approximately 85% of the cases to date. Photo from the CDC.

This week the Centers for Disease confirmed over 100 cases of measles in 14 states. An infected college student passed through Penn Station on his way upstate, potentially exposing the area to the illness.

Dr Jay Varma, deputy commissioner of the Bureau for Communicable Diseases at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, believes that the city is well prepared to handle a measles outbreak. Last spring, a minor wave of measles hit New York and was handily controlled.

This measles outbreak started in California and spread so quickly due in part to a growing faction of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children out of fear they develop autism, a claim that has been proven to be wholly untrue. 

Check out my interview with Dr Varma!

[audio https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/191633883/HMWC%20Interviews/Dr%20Jay%20Varma%20Interview%2C%20Measles%20Outbreak%20%26%20Vaccines%2C%202.5.15.mp3]
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